Last 2009, Volkswagen unveiled the new look of their compact hatchback, the Polo. With the new Polo wearing its new look, new features, and new performance, it is not surprising this car won the prestigious World Car of the Year, outranked the Toyota Prius in the list of WCOTY finalists which includes the MB E-Class, judges state that you do not need an electric motor and a battery pack for fuel efficiency.
To celebrate the Polo for being a world champion, Volkswagen decided to expand the Polo range from the original, BlueMotion, and now, the rugged CrossPolo and the sporty Polo GTi. In the meantime, we should explain first the crossover compact of the Polo range, the CrossPolo.
The CrossPolo from Volkswagen combines the style of the latest Volkswagen Polo and the ruggedness of a sport utility vehicle, resulting to a rugged crossover that puts the SEAT Altea FreeTrack to a major setback, despite both of them are not called a true sports utility vehicle. While the exterior is mostly rugged, the interior is rugged with colored upholstery that is based on the CrossPolo's exterior color. The CrossPolo has different colors to choose:
3) Hot Orange Metallic
4) Reflexsilber Metallic
5) Terra Beige Metallic
6) Deep Black Perleffekt
Depending on which body color, the CrossPolo can pick which multi-tone seating colors to choose, perfecting the colorful mixture of this rugged compact crossover utility vehicle.
From its rugged personality, the CrossPolo comes with engine variations that find it suitable for those who are looking for fuel efficiency or power. Beginning with the entry-level 1.2L engine, this is the basics for those who want to start their CrossPolo life but when you are looking for challenges, choose from the 1.2L TSI, 1.4L, and the flagship 1.6L TDI turbodiesel engine. Available transmissions are the 6-speed manual transmission and the 7-speed DSG transmission.
My thoughts about the CrossPolo:
With the new Polo awarded as the World Car of the Year, its status of being a world champion (especially Volkswagen Group becoming the world's number one carmaker), the CrossPolo makes a perfect addition from its world champion. Combining the look of the compact car and the feel of the sports utility vehicle, this sports utility compact is surely the decent choice for V-dub fans. I think the Philippines should need to bring back the Volkswagen brand and promise more dealerships than Toyota because Volkswagen is now the world's number one automobile manufacturer. As for the CrossPolo, maybe we are not in to that because of the upcoming Polo GTi, but if we want more adventures, maybe we should go for this. Just to remind to those Pinoy V-dub fans that we should congratulate the Volkswagen Polo for being the world champion and this new addition to the Polo family truly picks it up.